Moray Terrace

Moray Terrace

Fortrose township - Overnight Campervan Parking



29 Rankers Reviews

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74 Freedom Camping

6 Invercargill



Fortrose on a great day!


Freedom camping in Fortrose township, Catlins, Southland

Fortrose township in Southland allows freedom camping for up to two days on the land beside Moray Terrace.
Fortrose is a small town on the Catlins coast with an estuary to frolic in and good trout fishing in the Mataura River.

You may freedom camp in the designated area for a maximum of 2 nights in any 30 day period.

Campers are asked to respect flora and fauna in their camping area, to dispose of rubbish and wastewater in the appropriate manner and to leave their campsite clean. Ka pai!


Feature Value Info


South IslandSouthlandInvercargill


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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WideEyedWanderer's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Convenient access directly off the main road, but practically no one driving past this far out so noise isn't an issue. Clean enough pit toilets but they did run out of paper the night we stayed. Rubbish bins were overflowing. No potable water. Windy enough to rock the van since there's no barrier between the camping area and the bay, but when it calmed down the sandflies swarmed. 30-40 vans all told, which was close to capacity and some started forming a second line in the middle of the grass area. If everyone had pulled end-on to the shore, that probably wouldn't have been necessary. Small rocky beach along the bay. The evening we were there some local fishermen went out and caught a netful of herring in the bay and were passing them out to anyone who wanted to cook them for supper. In the morning a large bus of schoolchildren pulled up and the peaceful time was over. All in all, can't complain for a free site, but it could have been much nicer.

Reviewed 20 days ago

Lennart's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Plenty of space, seaview and clean drop toilets.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We got a spot with a sea view and it was such a nice free place to stay. Cannot say anything negative about it:).

Reviewed 4 months ago

Cynthia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Grands emplacements et autorisés pour les non self-contained. Juste au bord de l'eau, la vue est magnifique !!! Notamment au coucher du soleil. Beaucoup de vie au bord de l'eau (beaucoup d'oiseaux, de petites crabes, de coquillages...). Juste à côté d'un café, dans lequel nous n'avons pas été mon copain et moi mais qui est très pratique pour ceux qui veulent faire une petite pause au chaud. Des toilettes sèches sont disponibles (affreuse odeur mais bon, toilettes sèches!) et de l'eau non potable peut être consommée après l'avoir faite bouillir.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Rugby's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great free camp busy Labour day but went quite evening. Long dtop not special. Had a swim and good sunset.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Sue's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice level grassy spot to park, sheltered from the wind, clean facilities. Beautiful sunset

Reviewed 7 months ago

TRISH's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Loved this camp spot. Beautiful scenery. Clean facilities and the occasional duck shooter😃😃

Reviewed 10 months ago

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H Swinkels

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely grassy area near the sea. Sheltered from the wind behind some trees. Water tap seemed broken? Toilets clean. Great place for a swim and near to the Fortrose cliffs.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Phil and Mel Rowson

Ranking: 7/10

Right on the side of a quiet road but on sea edge. Windy evening but didn't worry us. Boat ramp in site used early morning by fishermen. We arrived as it was getting dark. Was adequate for our needs.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sandra Jeffers

Ranking: 8/10

Nice site by the sea. Not very big but free. Toilets weren't great but it was free.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Chloe McKee

Ranking: 9/10

As previous review states, yes very high winds but it's free and has a sea view so can't complain. Clean drop toilet and great drop off before going around the coast.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Linc's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Huge grassy areak no trees, stunning sunsets here, good trout fishing in estuary and it's a pleasant walk to the river mouth along the beach. Good clean toilets.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 5/10

Very exposed. We suffered from very high winds when we camped here. If the weather is set to turn nasty, I would recommend looking elsewhere. We sneakily put our campervan between the line of campers to seek some shelter from the wind!
It must have beautiful views on a clear day. And a good location for the Catlins. Toilets very clean and rubbish facilities available. Be careful to park in the area for camping ONLY, we heard that people get fined for parking on the other side of the car park.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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